DELAYS in the implementation of flood control projects in Metro Manila were caused mainly by the lack of planning of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), state auditors said.
In a report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said insufficient planning hampered the immediate completion of the projects.
“Flooding had always been a perennial problem in Metro Manila for years and flood waters literally submerges the region causing enormous damage to life and property and paralyzes government and business operations. With the catastrophe brought by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, flood mitigation should be a priority project of the government to prevent or, at least minimize, the mishaps brought by floods,” COA said.
The MMDA managed to use the amount of P295.6 million allocated for one Priority Flood Control Project (PFCP) to fund two projects though delays were noted.
The delays, auditors reported, were due to numerous suspension orders issued by the agency “for various reasons.”
These reasons include relocation of informal settlers, removal of overhanging structures, relocation of underground waterline/facility which COA described as “contrary to the urgency required for these priority projects.”
The Salapan project in San Juan City, it said, was suspended for more than a year while the Balong Bato project also in San Juan City was suspended for 120 days.
“Verification revealed that sufficient planning was not undertaken prior to the implementation of the project to prevent delays,” the auditors said.
COA said P295,571,000 was allocated for the project.